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Have you already applied to QMU?

We are delighted that you are considering studying with Queen Margaret University and whether you are an Undergraduate or Postgraduate applicant, we hope the following information will be helpful to you.

We will hold our induction day for our International Students in early September 2016. Attendance to this is compulsory for all international students and optional for EU students. We will publish the date, time and venue details here shortly.

Pre-arrival Handbook: Essential information prior to arriving at the University

Transfer Service from Edinburgh Airport and other locations

Visa and Immigration Information (including deposit payment guide)

Arriving in the UK

Uniform Policy for Health Programmes

Opening a UK Bank Account

Payment of Tuition Fees

Useful Contacts


Pre-Arrival Handbook

Once you receive an offer and are making preparations for coming to QMU you should also consult our pre-arrival handbook, which is designed to answer all your questions on issues such as immigration, travelling to the UK, accommodation and finance. You will also find a list of useful contacts to help you with any additional queries.

Our September 2016 pre-arrival handbook is available for downloading as a PDF version here:

International Students Pre-arrival Handbook

Please remember that you should arrive in time to attend the International Students Induction Event.

A specific applicant website has also been created for students who have submitted an application and/or have received an offer.

Airport Bus
A regular Airport Bus service to the city centre is available from outside the main terminal building. The cost is £4.50 and the journey time to Waverley Bridge (opposite Waverley Train Station) is 25 minutes. From Waverley Bridge you can either take a taxi to the University (fare approximately £25 and journey time 20 minutes) or take a train from Edinburgh Waverley Station to Musselburgh (see next page).

There are two taxi companies operating at Edinburgh Airport. Edinburgh City Private Hire (ECPH) has a fleet of private cars. They charge a set fare of £30 from the airport to the QMU campus. They have a desk located in the domestic arrivals hall where you should report to. Inform them you are going to the QMU campus to ensure you get the set fare. The staff at the desk will guide you to their taxi rank.
City Cabs is the other company located at the airport. They have a fleet of black cabs. The journey will be priced as per the meter reading. It should be approximately £30 to the campus. These taxis are larger and good if you have a lot of luggage. City Cabs taxis are queued up outside the door of the airport at the domestic arrivals hall. Follow the signs for ‘taxis’.

Both companies are perfectly safe and secure. Tell the driver where you wish to go and either pay the set price or the meter rate.

Student Visa Procedures

We have produced a short guide to applying for your student visa. This can be downloaded here. Visit the UK Visa and Immigration website for further information on immigration. Alternatively, your local British Council can provide you with information on obtaining a visa. When you travel to the UK, you will need to bring the following documents with you.

We have also received information from Lothian and Borders Police relating to security procedures at Edinburgh Airport. If you are arriving at Edinburgh Airport please consult this information before you leave.

Arriving in the UK

As a student looking forward to beginning your studies in the UK this year you will now start preparing for your journey. As part of your preparation we want to make sure you have everything you need to get through the UK border as securely and quickly as possible. The following advice explains some of things you can do to help with this:

  • Make a note of a suitable UK contact including full name, address and a phone number which will be required when you complete your landing card.
  • Ensure you complete your landing card before you meet the Border Force officer in the UK.
  • If you carry your passport in a protective wallet, please take it out before you present it to a Border Force officer.
  • Never give false or misleading information (including forged or counterfeit documents) to a Border Force officer.
  • Have your university Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement/Offer letter and medical card (if you have one) in your hand luggage that you carry with you on to the aircraft. If you don’t have a CAS statement, please bring thorough details of your course of study.
  • There are restrictions on food products that you can bring to the UK from outside the European Union, even for personal use. Restrictions apply to products made from meat, dairy, fish, eggs and honey, as well as some fruit, vegetables and plants (e.g. bulbs, seeds, cut flowers and tree bark).
  • There are also restrictions on the amount of goods such as tobacco, alcohol and gifts you can bring in the UK. If you exceed your allowances all of your goods can be taken away from you.
  • Never bring in counterfeit goods, illegal drugs, firearms (including realistic imitations), offensive weapons (including knives) or indecent or obscene material.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the conditions of your visa including the number of hours you are allowed to work.
  • You must declare any sums of cash of €10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the European Union.

If you would like further information on any of the above please check the UK Visa and Immigration website for more information.

We have also received information from Lothian and Borders Police relating to security procedures at Edinburgh Airport. If you are arriving at Edinburgh Airport please consult this information before you leave.

Security procedures at Edinburgh Airport

Uniform Policy for Health Related Programmes

If you have been admitted onto one of our Health related programmes which includes placement experience with the National Health Service, we wish to bring standard NHS advice to your attention with respect to dress code. For purposes of minimising the spread of infection and of cross contamination, this code includes the requirement that a short sleeved uniform is worn in many hospital and clinic contexts. Students are provided with the standard uniforms prior to going on placements. Full details are available on the Scottish Government website below

NHS Uniform Policy Guidance

Programmes covered by this policy include:

Undergraduate: Audiology – Diploma in Hearing Aid Technology; Speech and Language Therapy; Nursing; Dietetics and Nutrition; Podiatry; Occupational Therapy; Physiotherapy; Radiography (Diagnostic and Theraputic); Health Psychology

Postgraduate: Public Health Nutrition; Art Therapy; Audiology; Dietetics; Health Psychology; Nursing; Occupational Therapy (Pre registration only); Physiotherapy – (Pre registration only); Primary Care; Public Health Practice; Radiotherapy (and Oncology) and Speech and Language Therapy

Opening a UK Bank Account

You can find useful detailed information on how to open a UK bank account on the UKCISA website and also the website for the British Banking Association.

UK Bank Account from Abbey Santander: A Santander banking advisor will be at QMU during Freshers’ Week and will also be at Freshers’ Fayre, to help you open accounts and answer any questions you may have.

Payment of your tuition fees
The Finance Office will issue you with an invoice for your tuition fees for that year after you have matriculated. These are due to be paid, in full, 21 days after the invoice date. You can choose to pay these by instalments by Direct Debit. You must, however, hold a UK Bank Account to operate this system. Instalments start in October and run through to May the following year. No other form of instalment plan is accepted. You must complete a Direct Debit Mandate, which you will find on the QMU Portal as soon as you have your UK bank account details. For details of our Student Debt Recovery Procedure please download the document from the link below.

Student Debt Recovery Procedure

Useful Contacts

Recruitment and International Liaison Office
Tel: +44 (0) 131 474 0099

Accommodation Services
Tel: +44 (0) 131 474 0000

Effective Learning Service for International Students
Tel: +44 (0) 131 474 0000

UKCISA (United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs)
7 - 19 St Alban's Place London, N1 0NX
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7226 3762 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7226 3373
Advice Line: +44 (0) 20 7354 5210 (1pm - 4pm, Monday to Friday)

» The British Council

» Foreign & Commonwealth Office

» UK Visas and Immigration

» University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

» The Scottish Tourist Board

» The British Tourist Authority


  • Accept the letter of offer from QMU
  • Return lease confirming you want a room in university accommodation
  • Valid Passport
  • Visa (if required)
  • Letter of Offer from QMU
  • Your original school / academic certificates / transcripts / English Language Certificates
  • Proof of financial status (for UK immigration and QMU)
  • Air ticket (check dates and reconfirm flights)
  • Travel Insurance (yourself and luggage)
  • Medical insurance for Exchange and Study Abroad students
  • Bank draft in pounds sterling, travellers cheques in pounds sterling, pounds sterling in cash
  • Leave your contact details with someone at home

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